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Basic Beliefs of Grace Redeemer Church
We believe the Bible (the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments) is God’s Word, completely trustworthy and without error in the original manuscripts. It is the ultimate authority for all that we believe and practice. The Bible’s truth is timeless and speaks to us today.
The Bible teaches that one real and personal God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Bible teaches that every person was created in the image of God to glorify him and enjoy him forever. The human race, however, is separated from God because of our sin (choosing a life/path independent from God and His perfect design for us). Left to ourselves, we would never seek a relationship with God or fulfill the magnificent purpose for which we were created, but instead choose a self-destructive future.
God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. He lived a sinless life, obeying God’s law fully, suffered and died on the cross for the sins of His people, and was then physically raised from the dead on the third day. He did all of this to accomplish the salvation of His people. Jesus will return at the end of history to judge the living and the dead.
Salvation is received by faith in Jesus Christ alone, not by good works. Anyone who trusts and believes in Jesus’ death for their personal sins is forgiven and accepted by God, and is restored to a personal relationship with Him as His sons and daughters.
We believe that all those, anywhere and in all times, who have trusted in Christ (the head of the church) as their Savior make up the one true Church. The purpose of the local church is to worship God, share the gospel, strengthen believers, and be a place of prayer and mercy.
These and other truths are affirmed in various statements of faith, such as the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed, from the early church. We also stand within the rich tradition of the Reformation of the sixteenth century, which is anchored in the gospel of grace. The Westminster Confession of Faith is a beautiful expression of the central teachings of the Bible, and has served as the doctrinal standard for Presbyterians since the seventeenth century.